David Linford - BACP Registered & Accredited Counsellor
There can be times in life when we experience difficult feelings that can become distressing, overwhelming and confusing. We may feel unable to cope, alone or find it hard to see a way forward. When we feel like this, having a safe and non-judgemental space to think about our thoughts and feelings can be really helpful. It can also enable us to make sense of our difficulties and think about solutions. I believe in working with you to consider the support that might be most useful, going at your own pace and valuing your feedback. In my practice, I draw on a range of therapeutic approaches, which we would talk about together to best meet your needs.
Taking the first step
I appreciate that seeking help and support can be a difficult process, so I am very happy for you to contact me in the first instance to discuss your situation confidentially and ask any questions you may have.
I offer an initial consultation session at a reduced rate, where I can introduced myself and discuss the counselling process in more depth. This is also a useful space to think about what support might be most helpful to you at this time. After the consultation, if you would like to go ahead with counselling, we could organise your first session with me. These may take place weekly or fortnightly, depending on what works for you. You do not have to make a decision immediately after the initial consultation. I am happy for you to take some time, think about it and get back to me.
Initial consultations can also take place over the phone or online. Please feel free to email me in the first instance if you have any questions about booking a consultation with me.
I am an experienced and qualified integrative therapeutic counsellor who has worked with evidence-based approaches, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Counselling for Depression (CfD). As a registered and accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I work in accordance with their Ethical Framework for Good Practice.
I am able to offer support with difficulties such as:
- Low mood
- Relationship issues
- Family issues
- Low self esteem
- Low confidence
In addition to private adult counselling, I have extensive experience working with children, young people and families, with expertise in additional educational needs. This includes autistic spectrum disorder, social communication difficulties, dyslexia, social emotional and mental health difficulties, behavioural difficulties and parenting. Again, I would be happy to discuss this part of my work with you if you require support in this area.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Accredited and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
- Supervisors Training - Kings College London
- PGCert in Evidence Based Counselling Practice - Kings College London
- CPCAB FD in Counselling
- CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- CPCAB Certificate in Counseling Studies
- CPCAB Certificate in Counseling Skills
- Multi-Family Therapy Group Training - Anna Freud Centre
- AVCE Health and Social Care
- NVQ in Autistic Spectrum Disorder
- Diploma in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
- Certified trainer in Managing Actual and Potential Aggression (MAPA)
- Signs of Safety Training
- Independent Parental Special Educational Advice (IPSEA) legal training
- Family Partnership Training accredited by the Centre for Child and Family Support
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Initial consultation session (50 minutes) - £15
Individual counselling sessions - £40 per 50 minute session
Please feel free to contact me for further information, without obligation, or to discuss any queries you may have.
I hold professional liability insurance.